Well—the water is starting to cool down, as it is now in the high 70’s in most pools as of this writing.
Although quite a few people are still swimming, for others the water is simply too cold—as most of us prefer pool water temperatures in the mid-to-high 80s. With the first average freeze date for this area being just over one month away (November 22nd), pool water temperatures will definitely continue to decrease.
If you aren’t ready to give it up, you might want to consider getting a pool heater, which can stretch the swim season to 10 months per year, versus 5-6 months without a pool heater. Pool heaters use one of two fuels—natural gas or propane, depending on what is available in your area. The basic principle of the pool heater is simple. A gas burner tray creates heat. The heat rises through the cabinet of the heater, raising the temperature of the water that is passing through the coils.
Vast improvements have been made to swimming pool heaters over the past several years, which allow them to be more efficient, cost-effective, and reliable. Another reason that contributes to an increase in pool heater sales is the fact that homeowners dislike spending $30,000 to $50,000 (or even more) on a swimming pool and then only be able to use it for six months out of the year.
Cost of a pool heater installed, including a gas line, is typically $2,500-$4,000, depending on the size of the heater, length of gas run, etc. If you would like a free onsite estimate on the installation of a heater, give us a call at (940)891-0500.